Microsoft at home has release a list of 14 websites which can help students get more productive by assimilation the dearth of information available on the internet. The websites have been classified into three categories- Web Literacy & General Reference, English & History and Math & Science. Students can also use these websites to research for school projects and homework assignments.
Web literacy and general reference
This website guides students through a series of modules that teach them how to distinguish different kinds of information on the Internet, search for and select research topics, search databases and other collections, locate and cite sources, and evaluate the sources they find.
This website has a reference collection of sets of links to websites on U. S. presidents, author biographies, museums, research and writing, literary criticism, and many more topics.
Refdesk.com has served as a one-click springboard to many of the web's top dictionaries, encyclopedias, calculators, atlases, news headlines, and search engines.
For younger students who are not quite ready to navigate Refdesk, Fact Monster from Information Please is the tool to use.
This site links to tens of thousands of downloadable free or shareware programs including updates, utilities, applications, and extras for Windows, Macintosh, and other platforms; Internet tools; security essentials; developer resources; mobile devices; and, of course, computer games.
This site is the cool place for the technology leaders of the future. It offers student resources, helps students stay connected through its newsletters and technology clubs, and provides a career portal and Students-to-Business program.
English and history
This handy website automatically converts text from one language into another, such as English to Simplified Chinese or French to English.
This site enables you to download more than 30,000 free electronic books to read on your computer, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader, or other portable device in a variety of file formats.
This site provides older students with access to a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use.
This is a reliable and free source for literary analysis of classic and contemporary books such as Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground.
On this website, visitors can read every play or poem from the world's most celebrated writer and, more importantly, make some sense of his works with free analysis, Old English language translations, and famous quotes.
Math and science
This site provides help in a number of mathematics-related subjects, including basic grade-school math, calculus, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
At Science Made Simple, elementary and middle school students can get detailed answers to many science questions, read current news articles related to science, get ideas on school projects, and take advantage of unit conversion tables.
Ever wanted to know why earthquakes happen? How CD burners work? What the sun is made of? These questions, and many others related to computers/electronics, automobiles, science, entertainment, and people, are all answered at this award-winning website.